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Nature Inspired Portland Wedding

Weddings like this one make me happy.  You know the ones – they’re laid-back, yet elegant, dripping with crafty details and sooo full of love, it puts an instant smile on your face.  This is all of the above and then some with lush blooms from The Green Dandelion, a yummy + gorgeous cake from Mandy McLeod  and a whole gallery of beautiful images from Margaret Austin Photography.  See them here.


From The Bride…We had a long engagement, mainly because I felt so overwhelmed when considering all of the elements of wedding planning! I was never the girl who dreamed of her perfect wedding day and I quickly realized that it was important to not sweat the small stuff and to focus on marrying the love of my life. I searched far and wide for my wedding dress. The only parameters I had were that I wanted to feel comfortable and confident in it and I liked the idea of having an unconventiona gown. I looked all over Portland, my hometown in England and ended up finding my dream dress in an adorable salon in Berkeley, California. Emerald City Gowns was a breath of fresh air from the standard bridal salons, the owner created a relaxing and really fun vibe without overdoing it. I felt such a relief to find the dress and was pleasantly surprised that the other elements of my outfit worked together so well.

We had initially wanted a very small and simple ceremony but we came to realize that it would be an amazing opportunity for everyone to get together. Our parents hadn’t met, mine live in England, Scott’s are in Texas and Tennessee and our closest friends live in California. Just the fact that everyone wanted to travel to Portland to support our marriage solidified the choice to throw a huge party! The Colony was the first and last venue we looked at. The Colony’s style matched our own aesthetic and also helped to generate additional inspiration. There are two beautiful apartments upstairs and a cute trailer out back that we rented for two nights, which made it possible to be able to take our time setting up and have the wedding party spend the night. The Colony’s manager Jeremy is also the owner of the in-house catering company Field Day, he and his team were so supportive and lovely to work with and all of our guests had the highest praise for the food and bar service.

Being an artist I was able to DIY a lot. I designed the invitations, made the wedding signs and hand painted cocktail glasses for the favors, it was a lot of work but absolutely worth it. I also hung a few new paintings that I was working on when I should have been wedding planning! I found some sweet little rusty paint cans that our floral designer filled with flowers which was a lovely way to enhance the artistic decor. She did an exceptional job with all of the different elements of the floral design, including of course my gorgeous bouquet! Every vendor we worked with was seriously fantastic and went above and beyond my expectations. We didn’t need a traditional wedding, we just wanted a day that represented us and we are so fortunate to have an amazing group of friends who all contributed to help make that happen. Scott’s best man is a very talented musician and wrote us a beautiful song for our first dance. An artist friend hand carved our cake topper which we will cherish forever. My maid of honor is an incredible wedding photographer and she and I both agreed that we wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to take our pictures and I still can’t get over how she managed to so flawlessly capture everything and simultaneously support me emotionally. Words can’t even express how lucky we are to have such talented and creative friends and we are so grateful for all of the help we received from our family as well. I still get emotional when I think about how special it was to have everyone we love and both sides of our family in the same room. Our wedding proved to be the most special day of our lives, the whole celebration was so dreamy and magical and we couldn’t be happier!

Photography: Margaret Austin Photography | Floral Design: The Green Dandelion | Wedding Dress: Emerald City Gowns | Cake: Mandy McLeod | Catering: Field Day | Hair And Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy | DJ: Hunter Armstrong | Cake Topper: Stan Peterson | Music: Denys Kozakis | Rentals: Something Borrowed | Wedding Venue: The Colony

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Colorful Farm Wedding in Portland, Oregon

Full of color and love, this Oregon beauty captured by Ann-Kathrin Koch is the cats meow. Honestly, it’s kind of everything that makes me squeal when I open up a submission - beautiful hues, creative details (hello camera bar), and two people so in love they just can’t stand it. It’s pure wedding magic, and you can get lost in all the lovely right here.


From Ann-Kathrin KochWhitney and Dave. Dave and Whitney. The Tuttles. Tutney. What can I tell you about these two? Maybe how they met, it’s a pretty good story and luckily for me (and you) already recorded on their own blog. It involves a horse called Flickr and a whole lot of Polaroids, which incidentally is also two of the words I would use to describe Whitney and Dave and how I got to know them. Find out more about that here: And here:

It was June 2012 when I got an email from them titled “Here’s my number, call me maybe”. I completely blame the two of them for my irrational love of this song because what came next was the following: “And THIS might be crazy, but what are you doing next year? Specifically around July 27th 2013? See, this is the day that we have decided is going to be the big day, and if you are not too busy, we were thinking that… you know… uhm, maybe you.. .you could uh… be our wedding photographer?” And that’s how it started.

A year later I was on a plane heading to the Pacific Northwest and just a few days later found myself driving up to Fern Hill Farm on a sunny Friday evening, about to attend Whitney and Dave’s rehearsal dinner. Turns out that flying me from England to America for their wedding was not a crazy idea at all.

From The Bride…Dave and I were married last summer on my parents’ farm just outside of Portland, OR. Having over a year to plan our wedding allowed us to really focus on all the details of our day. We wanted to not only celebrate our commitment to one another, but to also celebrate all of our friends and family who had helped us get to this point in our lives. Dave and I met on the photography website Flickr over our mutual love of polaroids, so we knew from the get go that we wanted our wedding to be a visual feast for the eyes. My brother acted as our wedding officiant, we wrote our own vows, had countless DIY touches and there were lots of polaroids (including a camera bar!).

Music…The bridal party walked down to the Vitamin String Quartet version of “Sweet Child ‘O Mine.” Recessional: Vitamin String Quartet version of “All You Need is Love” Processional: Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Steve Wonder (complete with confetti cannons shot by bridal party and guests). First dance: Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles.

Whitney’s favorite memory of the day…The anticipation of our first look. We chose a spot in the woods behind my parents’ house. As I walked down the trail to Dave, I could see his shoulders moving up and down and I knew he was crying. This of course made me start to cry. Being able to have a quiet moment for just the two of us before our ceremony really relaxed me and helped calm any nerves I was having. It was a really special moment.

Dave’s favorite memory of the day…To be honest, the whole day was an absolute blur. You spend countless days, weeks, months planning this event and before you know it, it is all over in what feels like a matter of minutes. I think that my favorite memory of the day ultimately was just the overwhelming sense of fun that the day brought. It was just so much fun. From the backdrop we created, to the amazing ceremony that left everybody in stitches, to the music and dancing that lasted late into the night. We had so much fun and I really think that you can see it in our guests’ faces.

Whitney’s advice is get your hair and make-up done first. People might suggest you go last, but don’t listen to them. You want ample time to take photographs before your ceremony and things are bound to take longer than expected. At the end of the day, your photographs are what you have to remember your wedding by. We ran an hour late getting ready and I ended up going last. It really cut into our photography time.

Dave’s advice is if you ask people what they most remember from a wedding they attend, they are likely to say “the food, the drinks and the dancing.” Sorry ceremony, but everyone is ultimately there to party. (Except your mom, your mom is totally going to soak up the sappy sh*t.) You are there to get married and your friends are there to celebrate. We were lucky enough to have our wedding out in the country so there were no less rules on how late/loud the music could be, whether we could furnish our own booze once the caterers left, etc. Our DJ (the best DJ in Oregon by far) loved that aspect and didn’t stop the music until late at night when we were all just dead tired from dancing and partying all night. My advice is that while you and your fiancée are certainly there to commit yourselves to each other for the rest of your lives, you must remember that it is ultimately a celebration of your union. It is fun being married, it should be fun getting married.

DIY projects we did include:

My parents built the pergola in the backyard and then my folks, Dave, brother and I spent a weekend running wire to the house and securing the garden lights to it.

Ribbon backdrop…We created our ribbon backdrop with a birch branch cut from a tree in my parents’ yard. We secured a dowel rod to the back of the branch with hooks and then tied the ribbons to the rod so that the branch would still be visible. We purchased the fancier ribbons on sale at Michael’s and then filled the backdrop in with cheaper ribbon we bought in bulk at Costco. The ribbons were secured at the bottom with a metal rod so that they didn’t blow in the wind.

Signage…We raided my parents’ barn for wood scraps and then Dave cut them down to appropriate sizes and secured stakes to them. I created a homemade stain using a concoction of steel wool, coffee grounds, rusty nails and vinegar and painted that on the boards. The signs were all then hand painted by my friend Summer Williams Allen of

Ball jars used at our bar…Painted by me using acrylic paint

Cupcake signage…I bought mini easels and chalkboards at the craft store, adhered tiny paper flowers to them and then my maid of honor did the lettering.

Dinner Menu…We purchased a kitchen cabinet door for a couple dollars at The ReBuilding Center ( and then spray painted it with chalkboard paint. My maid of honor did the lettering.

Signature cocktail display…I bought two wood picture frames at Michael’s, put several coats of primer on them and then spray painted the inside with chalkboard paint. I actually used the back of the frames instead of the front. My maid of honor did the lettering for these, too. The week of the wedding I made all the rhubarb simple syrup for our “Blushing Bride” cocktail.

Relief station…I spray painted my old nightstand coral.

Chalkboard doors for program and road sign…We purchased two doors at the ReBuilding Center, primed them and then spray painted them with chalkboard paint. My maid of honor did the lettering.

Camera bar…To create our camera bar we found a wooden window frame in my parents’ barn and painted it white. We secured the “camera bar” sign in the middle of the sign with twine and then used an antique table from my parents’ house as the “bar.”

Cake topper garland…Made by me using two wood knitting needles, bakers twine and some washi tape.

Table settings…Log rounds cut by my brother, jars and bottles pulled from my parents’ barn.

Photography: Ann-Kathrin Koch | Flowers: Bouquets, Corsages And Boutonnières By Anna Mara Flowers | Invitations: Three Fifteen Design | Bride's Shoes: Anne Klein | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids Dresses: Twobirds | Make-up: Kelli Thomsen Of Kelli Thomsen Skin Care & Makeup Artistry | Hair: Carl Stark Of The Bobby Pin Salon | Bride's Dress: “Tempest” By Elizabeth Dye From The English Dept. | Cake & Cupcakes: Decadent Creations | Ceremony And Reception: Fern Hill Farm | Flower Poms: PomLove | Groom’s Suit: Ludlow By J. Crew | Hair Piece And Bridal Sash: Twigs & Honey | Paper Lanterns: Luna Bazaar | Signage: Summer Williams Allen

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Hamptons Inspired Photo Shoot

This Hamptons inspired photo shoot from Luxe Event Productions is overflowing with pretty. With Adam Trujillo Photography behind the lens every detail from the sweet seaside dinner to Vibrant Flowers pink blooms shine through, and it’s pure seaside bliss. Let the tide carry you away in the full gallery here.


From Luxe Event ProductionsDreaming of a destination wedding? You can capture the look and feel of that location you desire, right in your hometown. This shoot was inspired by the laid back luxury of the East Hamptons. The location of the shoot was actually on the edge of the Columbia River in Portland, OR.

The sunny day set the perfect tone for this nautical wedding on the water. The bride and groom lounged in soft beach grass and were playfully posing on the boats in the marina. The soft, pastel palette contrasted perfectly with the sparking water. Elements such as beach wood, glass and seashells were scattered among floral pieces that were heavy in greenery and succulents with a few pops of pink flowers.

A sparkly and simple cake adorned with anchors matching those on the beach was placed on a neutral linen. The bright, light feeling mimicked that of the Hamptons. The bride and groom were both laid back, him in a simple white shirt and slacks – her with a removable vest with a large collar that caught the summer breeze. It was easy for them to sit back and be carefree while listening to the soft lapping of the water and sticking their toes in the clean, white sand.

Bring your guests to a surprising destination when you use inspiration from your favorite get away spot. Any local can be created with the right tools. We took inspiration from nature including those items that you would actually found on the beach and by using an accenting color palette that you could find at your destination. Straw table mats and burlap floral wraps kept the day pure and raw like the simple beauty of the East Hamptons. Skip the traditional wedding apparel and choose something that makes you feel carefree and light hearted. Your guests will find the energy infectious and will be carried away to the destination of your dreams!

Photography: Adam Trujillo Photography | Event Design: Luxe Event Productions | Floral Design: Vibrant Flowers | Wedding Dress: Magnifique Boutique | Hair & Makeup: Face Body Beauty | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Coordination: Luxe Event Productions | Decor: Luxe Event Productions | Rentals: The Party Place | Venue: Columbia River

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